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Picture Book Saturday: The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell

Each of King Neptune's 50 mermaid daughters boasts a special talent, except for little Minnow, who seems to be good only?at asking questions. When she finds a strange object, Minnow follows her questions to a wondrous place and finds answers, including the answer to the most important question of all: Who am I? A gorgeously illustrated story about finding one's purpose.

The Mermaid and the Shoe is a simple tale about finding your inner talent.

Little Minnow isn't good at anything. That is, until she discovers a unique item floating in the sea. With the red shoe in tow, she sets of an adventure to discover where it came for and its purpose. In the process, she finds answers to many unanswered questions and her hidden talent as well.

The pictures in The Mermaid and the Shoe are so calming. They are not flashy and loud. Instead, there is a soft green tint to the pages that gives it the feeling of being underwater. When Minnow finds land, the contrast between the "upper world" and the "lower world" is highlighted. I also loved how the brush strokes gave the mermaid's a playfulness about them. Their hair seemed to be floating on some unseen current. The loopy font accented the whimsical tale well.

Mermaids typically appeal to young girls, and this one won't disappoint. It will also appeal to the hidden adventure inside of your little one. 


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.

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